Spring Blonde | New Belgium Brewing

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Spring BlondeSpring Blonde

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tbryan5 on 01-03-2014

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 428
Photo of BeerBob
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Belgium Spring Blonde pours a light crystal clear blonde from a dark brown 12 oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over 2 fingers and has diminished to a broken carpet of foam with good lacing along my glass wall.

Nose is of sweet malted barley and Belgium strains of yeast. Hints of light floral hops dance around, masking the 6.0 % ABV well.

Palate is an absolutely brilliant balance of barley malts, hops, and Belgium yeast.

Aftertaste is clean, dry, and refreshing. I can find no faults with this offering from New Belgium Brewing.

Perfectly done, and distinctly Belgium, Well done New Belgium, Well done indeed!

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Photo of LuckyStrikes
4.62/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding beer from New Belgium, even though I am a fan of their whole lineup.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with hints of lemony citrus and sweet barley. Once poured, the beer is a beautiful golden color with a thick head. The first taste explodes with sweet barley and subtle yeast flavors that are quickly drawn back by an inviting bitterness. The after taste lingers in the back of the mouth with a refreshing feel. The body is perfect for this style of beer. This is definitely a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6% ABV, Enjoy By: 08JUN14

A - Above the crystal clear pale yellow beer rests a rocky white head, fed by persistent carbonation, that leaves heavy lace on the glass for a feast for the eyes that makes the mouth water!

S - Light floral aromatics waft into the nostrils, followed by suggestions of candied lemon peel and a subtle backbone of grainy pale malted barley. Sure, the aroma is distant but its also bright and refreshing opening up with soft earthy Belgian yeast characteristics as the beer warms.

T - Simplistic pale malt offers a grainy intro that perfectly bows out to light floral hops, a touch of fresh-squeezed lemony tartness, and aromatically similar touch of soft Belgian yeast.

M - Bright and refreshing, it's hard to ask for a more crisp, clean beer than New Belgium's Spring Blonde. The slightly grainy initial feel washes away with perfect carbonation, only to fade out with just a touch of dry bitterness for the ultimate refreshing balance.

O - New Belgium's Spring Blonde might not have a ton of malt flavor. Its also light on the hoppiness, though floral aspects emerge. It doesn't even come straightforward with its Belgian yeast nuances but, what Spring Blonde does have is exceptional balance among these attributes. The finished product has just enough flavor to command interest but not enough to make multiple beers a chore - this one is a crisp and refreshing for an easy drinking, well-crafted experience.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up because it was "new" and seasonal... Glad I did!

A- This beer looks just like you'd expect from something with "blonde" in the name. A fluffy white head quickly dissipates, leaving a bubbly/iridescent liquid in the glass. The appearance is pilsner-like.

S- Very nice. This beer exudes a clean, fresh smell with overtones of cardamom and belgian yeast.

T- Very similar to the smell. This beer tastes like a pilsner brewed with belgian yeast(!?) Very unique, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Carbonation is noticeable on the tongue, but fits in perfectly with the refreshing profile of the beer.

M- Nice medium body on this one.... Nothing to write home about, but it's perfectly appropriate for the style. As I mentioned, there is a high amount of carbonation, but it works.

O- This is an unusual, and uncharacteristically pedestrian outing for New Belgium. Due to buzzwords like "Belgian" and "Ale" I expected something very different... but I wasn't disappointed at all. If you like biscuity beers, and don't turn your nose up at the occasional pint of lager, then I would certainly give this a try!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June, 15, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and yeasty blonde style aroma with hints of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and black pepper. Bready pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and dough. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, apple, and pear. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty solid and balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and grainy Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some black pepper and clove. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and dough. Fruity notes of lemon zest, apple, pear, and orange. Decent hop background with some floral and grassy hops. Starts sweet but finishes fairly bitter. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tangy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good pilsner like biscuity notes with some fruit presence.

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Photo of htownbeerhound
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good light blonde ale, excellent color with slight head. The smell is mild as I would anticipate with a beer of this make. I enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of this good early springtime beer. It is very refreshing and I feel the beer is underrated..

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Spring Blonde has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly (etched glass), straw appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass (it looks like Budweiser!). The aroma is of sweet, white bread and some sort of fruit (cantaloupe?). Taste is of mild, sweet, white bread, with a pleasant, straight-forward hop bitterness coming through in mid-sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and New Belgium Spring Blonde finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and mellow. It reminds me of a kolsch, in some ways. Overall, this is delicious, and I recommend it.


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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 3/18/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass. Brand brew new for 2014.

Pours close to a straw-yellow with about a half finger white head. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of grains with a hint of lemon peel. The taste is a bit more bold than the aroma with lots going on but easy to drink with a good taste. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. A great new spring brew introduced this year.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very surprisingly good beer. I am always wary of beers that are bitter, such as IPAs, as this one claims to be bitter. Well, it was just the right amount of bitter and everything else. Great golden color with perfectly white head. The head goes away, but it has very nice lacing all the way down. The only disappointment was the smell - there wasn't much there to distinguish it from other beers. The rest though, taste and mouthfeel was terrific. A very bold, crisp feel over the tongue to go along with the bold, crisp taste. Very nice offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light clear gold with a thick pillowy white head. The head has great retention and last throughout the beer leaving nice lacing. The aroma is mild, with some light notes of grass and green apples. The taste is also mild, but a little more forthright than the aroma, with a pleasant biscuit flavor balanced against some fruity sweetness and a slight earthy hops lingering in the background. A little thinner on the palate, this is an easy-drinking but nicely flavored spring ale.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden, with a rich, thick head of fine white suds. Beautiful and stunning lace.

Nose is floral hops and a touch of spice. Interesting.

Taste is a distinctively Belgian pale ale style, with a sweet malty and slightly spicy presence up front, and a tinge of floral hops just below. This is a lovely and well-balanced ale that remains faithful to the New Belgium name and the company's more distinctive label "re-invention". Liked it!

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Photo of mralphabet
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a bright yellow with a hint of orange, good finger and a 1/2 of head that settles to a thin layer with spotty lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting lemons, a bready malt and a little herbal hops.

T: OK, I'm getting a little lemon and hops upfront with bready malt and yeast midway thru, then ending with a lemon finish with a touch of bitterness.

M: Pretty light bodied, little more light bodied than I was hoping for, nice and crisp yet smooth.e.

O: Another good brew from New Belgium.... Good ABV and great flavors makes this a beer worth looking for.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The New Belgium beers are now widely available here and I hope it's here to stay.

This blonde is the right style and a nice easy drinking bre. It is very pretty in the glass with lovely lacing. The aroma is a nice dirty thing that smells of year.

The taste is a little sweet, a little yeasty, and just a tad bitter. The aftertaste is sweet but still neat and refreshing.

This is a successful ale that is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a nice fluffy white head that is sticking around quite nicely... very bright and clear. Smell is of bright citrus slightly sweet I bet this is going to go down easy and be quite refreshing... Taste lemon slightly sour some bitterness... slight biscuit note very refreshing... Only thing I don't like about this beer is I'm drinking it when it's like 30 degrees out lol Would be much better suited in the warmer spring/summer months...

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a pale gold, completely clear. In fact, it has a glassiness that almost makes it clearer than even the lightness of color makes possible. The head is just over one finger tall, almost pure white, with a dense fluffiness and good stick.
This beer is an interesting blend of sweetness, soft not-quite-raw, not-quite-earthy elements, and a variety of fruit notes as well as grains. It showcases pale malts, almost crackery but soft, maybe slightly doughy. Mild grassiness shows a light hops addition along with a hint of herb that comes in and out. A mild but high sweetness is on the nose and the tongue from beginning to finish. The sweeter notes include citrus (like lemon and/or orange Italian soda), something like honey, banana and soft white flesh notes of apple and pear. The herbal notes become a little more prominent as it goes, not overtaking the sweetness but putting up a good show alongside it. From middle to finish, more graininess pulls into the flavor. The finish is comprised mostly of that mingling of herb and sweetness.
It's crisp and light on the palate with a crisp bite accompanied by a soft fluffiness even into a slightly slick but gently nipping finish.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first pour, this Pale Ale doesn't look fairly distinct in appearance from others of the style, but then the head begins to die down leaving invitingly luscious lacings. Malts with a touch of coriander contribute to a light, airy nose. This beer is refreshingly creamy and perfectly smooth in the mouth. Lightly sweet, with blends of caramel malts and butternut squash, the brew is highly drinkable and perfect for a warm day outdoors on the porch with a book. Perhaps, a bit of pre-1960s folk is playing in the background. "My Creole belle... I love her well..."

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Photo of IPA1978
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So, I may be a bit biased because I got twelve packs of this stuff for $9.99 on clearance in early summer of 2014. Didn't expect much but really hit the spot, typical belgo pale flavors nothing stood out but a good warm weather quaff.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07.13.14 Best by date.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.10.14.

A: 1 finger head with an aggressive pour. Very light see through yellow.

S: Hops. Some sourness.

T: Lemon and honey dominate. It also has slight malt, some bitter hops.

M: Crisp.

O: This was ok. It was easy to drink and very light. It had a nice balance. There wasn't much else. There are much better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

Rating: C

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very pale gold with a decent head and lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, barley, yeast, lemon, and yeast.

Taste: Barley, lemon, yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and dry, with the barest of bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Very well balanced and quite refreshing. I wouldn’t mind making it a regular session beer this spring.

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Photo of Kahless
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Pours a nice clear straw color with a rocky one-finger head. Smell is mostly bready malt.

Up front the taste is a mixture of banana and citrus. It's not really a typical Belgian PA taste and I'd probably compare it more to a Koelsch. By that standard it's pretty full-flavored, with quite a lot of citrus and caramel flavor. The finish is bready with a slight hop bite.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 03-30-2014
Freshness: Best by 07-13-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance is a clear golden beer with lots of bubbles in the glass. The white head is very tall and has excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smells are mostly of lemon and other fruits, with some light breads.

Taste has the same lemon character as noted for aroma and gives the beer some light tartness. The malts and hops remind me of a pilsner.

The high carbonation and light body make for a crisp mouthfeel, with a finish that is moderately bitter and dry.

Overall a pleasant little spring/summer brew. I would gladly have a second one.

Thanks for the brew, Kirk!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was pleased to find out this was a Belgium pale ale. Love those.

A - Pours pretty bright yellow like a pale ale should. Has a 1/2 inch of sticky white foam. Great lacing.
S - Smells of tart lemon, slight herbal hops, and some bready malts.
T - It was good very light in taste like a balanced Pilsner with mild hops and tasty malts. Nothing really stands out.
M - Light to medium in body. Downright session able.

Overall I found this and a few other "New Belgium" ales at Vintage Estate. This one was good but not as good at Fat Tire or that "Lips of Faith" beer I had.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the New Belgium tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, in conjunction with their arrival in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of fizzy, weakly foamy ecru head, which leaves some bleeding snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of lightly yeasty, pale grainy malt, acrid lemon pith, a hard water minerality, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, a touch of brewing sugar, muted lemon pith, a strange bar-floor stale skank, and bland earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is low-key and most plainly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly tacky in it smoothness. It finishes more or less dry, the ethereal yeast lingering for a spell, and the grainy malt holding firm.

Definitely an adequate blonde ale, and well enough rendered at that - however, this, like Fat Tire, is only tangentially Belgian. A small point, sure, and a hard one to refute for this broad style, I know. Worthy of giving a go as the weather starts to warm the hell up.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't quite figure out the dating, but I'm not concerned based on what I know

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent through out. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, pears, grape skins, & lemon zest, apple skins show late

T: Follows the nose, a little biscuitty malt up front. More lemon zest, white grapes, pears, a touch of lemongrass & wheat tartness as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation up front, a little bit of biscuitty malt, lovely balance, a bit of graininess as well

Drinks super easy, not sure how Belgian this is, but if this was a summer release & in cans, I would buy it again

Doesn't drive in the lanes of the style completely, but a nice beer none the less; a nod to subtle

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Photo of SamN
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge, dense white foam head, like three fingers, but fades quickly. Bright and lively in the glass, surprisingly clear for a Blegian-style. Golden straw with tangerine highlights. Smell is a creamy doughiness, grassiness, hoppy florals. Quite aromatic and appetizing. Taste is right up there with what you might want in a spring-seaon ale; crisp, clean and simple. Pale malt bill right upfront with a not-to-bitter hop finish. Not much else, but quite good. A nice reminder that simple beers can be great, too.

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